Coding and the Real World26 Jun 2015
At OpenCRM we believe in offering opportunities to our young people, to experience the real world and gain an understanding of what we do.
We recently welcomed 14-year-old Jay Parsons who spent a week working with our various different departments, learning about our processes and the design of our system.
Jay, who lives in Richmond and attends Richmond School, is planning on a career in IT, and in his spare time he enjoys coding, as well as playing the drums.
Here he talks about his week working with OpenCRM.
From a young age I have had an interest in computers and programming, and have started learning more about coding in the last year.
I really wanted to see what it’s like working in the industry and I was lucky enough that OpenCRM agreed to have me in on a week’s placement.
I study IT and computing at school so have a good understanding of the industry but I have learned so much being here for just five days, it’s been great.
I can see why the OpenCRM system is so popular and why businesses use it – there is so much customisation that can be done. So instead of users being given the same standard system, they can include whatever features they want which I think is pretty cool.
The team has been really good showing me all the different areas of the business but I really enjoyed my time with the development team. Their work is so interesting and it has really showed me how coding and programming are used in the real world.
Once I finish school, the plan is to go to college or university to study coding and have a career in the industry. This work experience has been a great chance to improve my knowledge and skills, and I am grateful to OpenCRM for the opportunity.
Before I got my start in the tech industry as part of Apple’s UK Mac launch team, I was a professional drummer (notice I didn’t say musician). But once I got in, I was hooked and I’ve been involved in the tech industry, primarily software development, for over 35 years. I founded this company and I now have the enviable title of System Architect (as well as Managing Director) here at OpenCRM.